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Ruling against 10-year minimum license suspension for drug convictions reverses precedent

The state's Professional Nursing Act does not require an automatic minimum ten-year suspension of a nurse's license over a felony drug conviction, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania ruled August 24 (McGrath v. Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, State Board of Nursing).

The ruling, which affirmed a nurse's automatic suspension by the State Board of Nursing, but not the minimum ten-year length, reversed a 2014 ruling (Packer v. Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, Department of State, State Board . . .

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